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Perform-Connect-Reflect: Three Keys to Maximizing Student Performance in Beginning to Middle Level Ensembles

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  • This session examines strategies for engaging individual students and maximizing their learning in the large ensemble setting. Think about working differently, not harder. Topics include: Framing comprehensive rehearsals Providing individual feedback to improve performance Assessing music learning in addition to performance skills Developing rapport with students Guiding results-oriented independent practice outside of class Promoting students' self reflection on their learning.
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  • Wendy Barden, a music educator in the Osseo, Minnesota school district since 1977, currently serves as the K-12 Music Coordinator. While in the classroom she was named a Yamaha National Mentor Teacher, MENC Nationally Registered and Certified Music Educator, and 1992 MMEA Band Educator of the Year. Barden has served on the Board of Directors of the Minnesota Band Directors Assn. and Chamber Music Minnesota, and is Past President of the Minnesota Music Educators Assn. Barden is a contributing author to Bruce Pearson’s Standard of Excellence Beginning Band Series, author of Standard of Excellence Music Theory and History Workbook Teacher’s Editions, and co-author of Artistry in Strings and Recorder Excellence. She is a graduate of the University of Minnesota, with BS and MA degrees in Music Education and Ph.D. in Music with emphasis in music education and musicology.